Mission: HealthTap’s mission is to measurably prolong the life expectancy of humankind and improve people’s quality of life by enabling immediate access to the best health experts and their knowledge.
We're committed to creating a ...
We’re dedicated to improving people’s health and well-being by providing our users with personalized health informationand free online and mobile answers from thousands of the best doctors in the U.S. Our goal is to help people better understand health, make more informed health decisions and find the very best doctors.
We’re also committed to our doctors. We want to help doctors better serve existing patients, find new ones and build their reputations by demonstrating their expertise online.
We believe that everyone has the right to free, reliable, and independent health information. We also believe that the most trustworthy health information comes from medical experts and that the best health decisions take into account unbiased expert knowledge, community insights and relevant data.
We've created HealthTap to reflect these beliefs, and to be available to you, anytime and anywhere.
Expert doctors, engineers, community leaders, designers, health mavens, privacy and security experts, and bioinformatics specialists: we’ve got ‘em all!
Those who have built leading web services and mobile applications; those who have helped hundreds of millions of people find better health information; pioneers in the new field of Interactive Health; builders of great things; those who want to make the world a better place: we’ve got them too.
Founder & CEO
Ron is HealthTap's Founder and CEO. He's responsible for the company's innovation, vision, and product. Prior to founding HealthTap, Ron was the founder and CEO of a leading online consumer health 2.0 company that developed the world's largest community of independent health writers and became one of the largest health sites on the Internet, serving more than 100 million users (acquired in early 2009).
Co-Founder & CTO
Sastry is HealthTap's co-founder and CTO. He is responsible for HealthTap's innovative technology platform. Prior to joining HealthTap, Sastry served as Chief Technology Officer and Executive Vice President at Wellsphere, the CTO of HealthCentral, and the former Director of Software Development at Microvision. Sastry has lead technology teams to build market-leading products and tools, including ERwin, the world's most popular data modeling software.
Dr. Geoff Rutledge
Co-Founder & Chief Medical Information Officer
Geoff is HealthTap's co-founder and Chief Medical Information Officer. He is responsible for the architecture of HealthTap's Medical Knowledge Base. Prior to joining HealthTap, Geoff served as the Chief Medical Officer and the Executive Vice President of Product Development at ePocrates, as the Chief Medical Officer of Wellsphere, and created the first consumer health site at Healtheon (WebMD). Additionally, Geoff has served as the Chief of Medical Informatics in Emergency Medicine for Harvard University teaching hospital Beth Israel, and on the clinical faculty in Emergency Medicine at Stanford University and UCSD.
Chief Privacy Officer, General Counsel, & Business Development Director
Michael is HealthTap's Chief Privacy Officer, General Counsel, and Business Development Director. He is responsible for HealthTap's privacy and legal policies, the company’s legal affairs, and for HealthTap’s business development. For over a dozen years, Michael has provided legal counsel and services to innovative technology companies, from early-stage startups to Fortune 100 companies. Prior to joining HealthTap, Michael served as an attorney with national law firms in Silicon Valley, as general counsel to high technology companies, and as pro-bono counsel to Singularity University. Additionally, Michael has served as a Judge Pro Tem in Santa Clara County, and as a judicial clerk in the Washington D.C. Court of Appeals. At Yale Law School, Michael was an editor of the Yale Law and Policy Review and of the Yale Law and Technology Symposium.
Sean K. Mehra
Head of Product
Sean is HealthTap’s Head of Product. He is responsible for taking product ideas and feedback from concept to market, and into the hands of millions of patients and doctors around the world. Sean is an engineer, designer, and serial technology entrepreneur. Prior to HealthTap, Sean was the co-founder of PayoutHub, a social game-monetization platform (acquired in 2009), and the co-founder and COO of GXStudios (GoCrossCampus and PickTeams), a venture-backed pioneer of online team-based casual games. Sean has also worked with leading health and technology firms. Sean also co-founded and led the Yale Entrepreneurial Institute, the University’s official incubator and fellowship program for entrepreneurs. Sean has a technical background in UIUX development and design, and holds inventions in the fields of oral drug delivery, urinary incontinence, genetic testing, and polymer nanocomposites.
Dr. Jeff Livingston
Dr. Jeff Livingston is HealthTap's Medical Director. He is a national thought leader and speaker on doctor adoption of social media. He has been a doctor at MacArthur OB/GYN since 2003 in Irving, Texas. He previously served as Chairman of the Obstetrics and Gynecology Department at Baylor Medical Center of Irving. Several national publications, including USA Today, Wired magazine, Computerworld.com and Physicians Practice have featured his combined use of Facebook, Twitter and a secure patient portal to effectively communicate with patients and to better meet their everyday healthcare needs.
We believe strongly in our vision and credo for HealthTap.
These values reflect who we are, both as individuals and as a company. We discuss these values at every team meeting and measure ourselves against them at every opportunity to do so. They guide who we hire and how we work together. They shape the decisions we make and how we grow.
HealthTap’s mission is to measurably prolong the life expectancy of humankind and improve people’s quality of life by enabling immediate access to the best health experts and their knowledge.
We're committed to creating a healthier, happier world — one person at a time. To accomplish this, we provide people with reliable, personal health information and trusted answers to real health questions. Our goal is to support doctors and other health experts in helping people make the best possible health decisions.We envision a world where people everywhere can quickly find reliable answers to their health questions, and easily get access to the best experts that will guide them towards a healthier happier life. We envision a future where people can tap into their personal health information, using HealthTap, to manage their health and well-being, feel good and thrive. We are realizing this vision by helping connect people with trustworthy doctors, online and offline, and by improving the quality of care, while saving time and lowering the costs of care.
We value caring and kindness. We believe that being kind is central to living a healthy life, and having a healthy company. However we may differ in our ideas, approaches and perspectives, caring for one another unites us.
We value trust, openness, and transparency. We believe that being open and transparent facilitates collaboration and teamwork and creates a constructive environment in which the best ideas flourish, regardless of their origins. We believe that openness and transparency, together with integrity and honesty, form the foundation of trust required for our success.
We value teamwork and collaboration. We believe that as a team we can achieve far more than as a group of individuals, and that the best ideas are developed through a collaborative process. We enjoy interacting with one another and believe that our connection is central to our strength.
We value challenge and excellence. We believe that something worth doing is worth doing right. We hold ourselves to the highest standards and consistently aim to excel. We like to win, and we love to learn. We enjoy challenging ourselves and strive for personal mastery.
We value passion and positive energy. We believe that the world is changed by passionate people who channel positive energy toward a vision they believe in. Positive energy fuels our progress and brings joy to our journey by helping us endure, see beyond, and overcome challenges and difficulties.
We value fun and play. We believe that 'work' can feel like play, and strive to find and bring into each day playfulness, fun and joy.
We value curiosity and innovation. We believe that childlike wonder fuels creativity, and we are driven by a desire to create the new. We look for new ways of acting, and are not anchored to how things have been done in the past. We question assumptions and the status quo, and ask tough questions that are not easily answered.
We value impact. We are driven by changing the world and making a meaningful difference in the lives of millions of people everywhere. In order to achieve our goals, we are focused on driving short term measurable milestones that add up to long term real impact.
We value health and well-being. We are on a mission to create a healthier world, and we recognize that this starts at home. We pledge to take care of our own health and well-being, and to help others do the same. In large and small ways, we strive to help everyone with whom we interact improve their health and well-being.
We value simplicity. We believe that simple is better, and strive to reduce complexity to its essence. We believe that with good work, any idea can be described on a napkin, and that the effort required to simplify something to its essence is worthwhile.
We value facts, data and analysis. We believe that facts and data in context lead to better, truly personalized decisions and improved outcomes. Whenever possible, we will use facts, data, and information as the language of our internal discussions and as the basis for our decisions. When a strong opinion and fact are in opposition, burden of proof will rest on the opinion.
We value a sense of adventure. We believe that the feeling of being on a mission will help us achieve a greater purpose with our work. As with any adventure, we will take risks and embrace failures, but always learn from our mistakes to make us better. The path to success has its ups and downs and requires a fearless spirit. But most importantly, we recognize that the journey is as rewarding as the destination.
I have been working at HealthTap full-time
Here we talk about building a company "for the next 500 years" with the mentality that we're here to create sustainable value, establish a culture of continued innovation and mission-driven impact, and create processes and infrastructure that will scale for us. I can tell you that's certainly authentic in the intent of everyone here.
The challenge of doing the above has been constant and unwavering focus on short-term executation and delivery of projects to keep moving forward. The trick has become how to balance building for the long-term while executing in the short-term.
Advice to Management
One piece of advice I have is something that everyone here at the company knows ... we need to hire a lot and very quickly. THat's the only way we can juggle both of the above in a sustainable way. Let's do it because we have all the right fundamentals in place to grow a world-changing company!
The process took 1+ week. I interviewed at HealthTap.
Initial contact with CMIO, first a Skype interview followed by onsite interview with him, a individual from the product team, one of the software engineers and the finally the Chief Technology Officer.
The whole place felt off from the beginning. First, the job description didn't match the job I was sold. In fact, by the end of the interview, I still didn't have a good handle on what the functions of the role were or the expected deliverables. Engineers were very nice, but they all looked tired and defeated. Same goes with the CTO, who looked about ready to pass out during my interview. The final nail in the coffin, was the CMIO who was outright condescending and defensive during the interview. While I loved the staff I met at HealthTap, the stench of bad management was overwhelming. I walked away for another role.
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